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Summer Writing Workshop

"Think Write": A Summer Writing Workshop for High School Students


"Think Write” is a new 6-week writing workshop designed to prepare 9th through 12th graders for the unique challenges posed by writing at the high school-level.  Our workshop leader is Dr Janoff, a well regarded instructor, preceptor, and professor.

Exposure to a disorienting array of new writing genres coupled with higher, often unrealistic grading standards can compromise the academic success and erode self-confidence of even the most advanced students. Meanwhile, strong writing becomes more important than ever in the high school years, influencing scores on A.P.s, SATS and other standardized tests (For more see “Writing in High School” below).

The "Think Write" program is not a simple review course. Instead, “Think Write” blends Eton-style rigor with hands-on activities and collaborative projects that can ultimately enable students to discover and utilize their strengths as writers, productively confront their weaknesses and, ultimately, forge a new relationship to writing.

However, “Think Write” does not approach writing through rote exercises and rules. It is also engineered to help students hone their analytical reasoning skills so that participants learn to form more complex ideas at the same time as it gives them to tool to express them. (see “Program Structure” below for more details). 

ONLY 8 SPOTS PER CLASS. PLEASE SELECT A CLASS FROM THE DROPDOWN BELOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.

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30 Hours of Instruction over 6 Weeks


"Think Write" is a six-week long program. Students will meet meet twice a week for 2.5 hrs each class. 

Workshop A: 9th/10th graders - Tuesdays and Thursdays
Workshop B: 11th/12th graders - Mondays and Wednesdays
 

Workshop Dates Days/Time Location
A: 9th-10th Graders Jun 30 - Aug 6, 2015    TUE/THU: 6:30 pm - 9 pm* Princeton  
B: 11th-12th Graders Jun 29 - Aug 5, 2015 MON/WED: 6:30 pm - 9 pm* Princeton
 

*Start time of the workshop may alter slightly to suit the needs of workshop members and their families. If there are requests and a consensus to support them, we are willing to begin the sessions slightly later, at 7:00 pm. Again, this is subject to preference and consensus within the group.

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Program Structure


Two separate classes:

  1. Workshop A for 9th-10th graders
  2. Workshop B for 11th-12th graders

 
The workshop is divided into two separate classes, but they do not correspond to individual aptitude. Research has shown that this division is the foundation for the most effective teaching programs for secondary school students.To cite just one example, a focus on college entrance essay would be of little benefit to 9th graders. To not discuss college entrance essays would be a disservice to 11th and 12th graders. 
 
Personalized Attention - Small class sizes:

  • Capped at no more than 8 students, to maximize individualized attention
  • Part of what makes “Think Write” effective is the ability to turn what is almost always presented as an activity carried out in isolation into something collaborative. This means that members of a given workshop are not just peers, but companions and as such have access to guidance not just from the workshop leader but from their companions. 
  • If enrollment falls below 3 students, we reserve the right to cancel the class. 

 
Individualized Feedback:

  • Included in the workshop package for each enrollee is a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Janoff at the beginning and/or conclusion of the workshop to assess areas for improvement and provide workshop insights about progress and future work for each workshop member.
  • Each workshop member will have a working portfolio. Dr. Janoff will comment upon each student’s work through the course of the session.
  • Dr. Janoff is also available for scheduled meetings apart from the workshop and can be reached via e-mail. Students and/or parents will receive a response within no more than 24 hours. 

 
Dynamic and Personalized Curriculum:

  • Ultimately, “Think Write” is determined by its most important contingent: the workshop members.
  • This means that modules/foci may be added, changed or minimized to respond to the unique needs of workshop members. 
  • This is a carefully crafted, personalized workshop, not a generic tutoring track. Responsive curriculum and attention to individual needs is not a goal but rather a promise
  • It is also possible to schedule appointments for individual sessions with Dr. Janoff. Dr. Janoff will also be available to design special tutoring modules (such as creative writing or college essays) for individual students (additional fees will apply).
     

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Content Overview


“Think Write” is divided into five informal modules, which are addressed differently but consistently in every session. These modules include: 

  1. Mechanics/Grammar
  2. Technical Aptitude (Vocabulary, literaray devices etc.)
  3. Paragraph Building
  4. Essay Organization
  5. Writing and Analysis: Complex Thought


Each session organizes both content and form of presentation in a unique way. In addition to more traditional writing exercises, “Think Write” places an accent on its interactive component, requiring students to work on digital projects outside of the workshop, collaborate and maintain and present an informal Portfolio at the conclusion of the session. Change. Interaction. Involvement. These are key principles of “Think Write.” And they work. 

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Writing in High School


It is no coincidence that “Think Write” is a workshop geared towards students in grades 9-12.
 
Writing at the secondary school level permeates nearly every sector of academic performation. It impacts G.P.A.s, influencing grades in multiple subjects—students will receive higher grades for an English essay, but they will also score higher with a well-written chemistry lab report, historical précis or mathematical proof. Strong writing is also integral to success on standardized tests, A.P. Exams and college essays. Indeed, there has been a trend in testing at ETS and elsewhere towards an essay component. Roughly a decade ago, for instance, there was no written element on the GRE. Now it figures significantly
 
For most of these young scholars, writing will likely never be as challenging as it is in the high school years—or more integral to defining a future successes both academic and professional.
 
However, the attributes of strong writing remain maddeningly abstract. Essay grades often seem arbitrary, and students are regularly asked to observe principles governing “proper usage” of language—principles they were never formally taught.  The continuity between skills learned in grades is deeply imperfect and students suffer not just in grades but even in self-confidence.  

SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW.

 

About the Instructor - Dr. Alana Janoff


Alana Shilling-Janoff holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (2011) as well as a B.A. From University of California, Irvine (2004) in both Comparative Literature and European Studies.

In addition to being a native speaker of English, she is also fluent in Italian and proficient in Latin, Arabic, French and Modern Greek.

In addition to having a decade of teaching experience (and a fellowship as senior thesis seminar leader for Princeton’s Comparative Literature Department), Dr. Shilling-Janoff is an art and literary critic, cited in past as a “nascent public intellectual” whose work has appeared in publications both academic and general, national and international among them The Times Literary Supplement, Art in America, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Fortnightly Review.

Students have deemed Dr. Janoff a talented instructor, preceptor, seminar leader and professor in literature, foreign language learning, classics and writing.  

SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW.

 

Referral Program


It’s more fun to study with friends! All existing and new clients will earn a $50 credit for each additional student referred. The credit can be applied against the cost of the writing seminar or towards future private tutoring sessions.
 

How Do I Secure a Spot?


ONLY 8 SPOTS PER CLASS. PLEASE SELECT A CLASS FROM THE DROPDOWN BELOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.

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